One of my (many) grumbles is the extravagance of some of our church buildings. I have little respect for the “decorator priests” who come flying into a parish and begin renovating or pushing grand building schemes – all on the backs of the parishioners. I’m not talking about necessary maintenance or structural work, but of the ego-centered attempts to leave a personal stamp on “their” church. It’s been happening for centuries from small villages to the halls of the Vatican. Perhaps with our new pope’s call to be a simpler, poorer church we should be reconsidering these building projects.
Here’s a piece I just wrote for the Prairie Messenger on this topic….